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Although Manny Pacquiao says he disagrees with President Obama on same-sex marriage, Pacquiao has denied quoting Leviticus 20:13 which states gays should be put to death, during an interview with the National Conservative Examiner. The report has caused a firestorm in the press, but Pacman says his words are being twisted. “I didn’t say that, that’s a lie,” Pacquiao said in a statement reported by TMZ. “I didn’t know that quote from Leviticus because I haven’t read the Book of Leviticus yet. I’m not against gay people … I have a relative who is also gay. We can’t help it if they were born that way. What I’m critical of are actions that violate the word of God. I only gave out my opinion that same sex marriage is against the law of God.”
Power Punching super featherweight prospect Joel Diaz Jr (9-0, 8 KOs) of Palmdale, California will headline in his first main event on Saturday June 2nd. The 20-year-old Diaz Jr. will take on Puerto Rico born Guillermo Sanchez (13-6-1, 5 KOs) in a scheduled for ten round main event at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. The card is promoted by Halquist Productions. Very good things were being said of Diaz Jr. leading up to his ShoBox debut this past January against fellow unbeaten Guy Robb. Dropped early in the bout, Diaz Jr. stormed back to drop Robb twice en route to a dazzling 7th TKO victory. In the few months that have passed since that fight, Diaz Jr. has squeezed in two more stoppage victories. The 23-year-old Sanchez has hit a recent losing slide but at one time was being touted as a promising prospect going unbeaten in his first 12 fights. Added to the mix is the classic boxing rivalry of a fighter of Mexican descent in Diaz versus one of Puerto Rican descent in Sanchez. Fightnews spoke with the always ready to fight Diaz as he finished a recent workout in preparation for the upcoming fight. (more…)
Exciting middleweight David Lemieux (25-2, 24 KOs) returns June 8 in the final edition of this year’s popular GYM Fast & Furious Boxing Series, at the famed Bell Centre in Montreal. After two straight shock losses and a right hand injury, the 23-year-old Lemieux, who has fallen to WBC #23, takes on Jaudiel “Negro” Zepeda (12-5-1, 9 KOs). “With this fight I restart my career,” proclaimed Lemieux. “I know I have disappointed many of my supporters but I recently learned a lot and have matured. I cannot wait to reconnect with the action. Without looking too far ahead, of course, I dream of fighting rematches against (Marco Antonio) Rubio and (Joachim) Alcine in the near future.”
Undefeated NABO light heavyweight beltholder Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (8-0, 5 KOs) faces Shawn “The Sioux Warrior” Hawk (23-1, 19 KOs) in the main event.
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Takashi Uchiyama (18-0, 15 KOs), Japan, will put his belt on the line against Filipino hard-punching southpaw Michael Farenas (34-3-3, 26 KOs) in Saitama (close to Tokyo), Japan, on July 16. Uchiyama, making his fifth defense, wishes to extend his KO streak to six in world title bouts since he dethroned Juan Carlos Salgado via twelfth-round dramatic stoppage in January 2010. Also announced was the WBC flyweight mandatory title bout, where newly crowned Sonny Boy Jaro (34-10-5, 24 KOs), a free-swinging Filipino, will risk his belt against Japanese ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (15-1-1, 10 KOs) on the same bill. Jaro stunned the world by demolishing long-reigning champ Pongsaklek Wonjongkam by an unexpected sixth-round TKO in the defending titlist’s home turf Thailand. Igarashi, a former representative in Olympic Games in Athens, is a fast-punching southpaw dependent on speed and skills, while the champ Jaro is a power-puncher as he so impressively dispatched Pongsaklek. It will be a couple of confrontations between Japanese and Filipinos to be co-promoted by Watanabe and Teiken Promotions.
Despite opposition from the British and German boxing commissions and other influential people in boxing, a massive 71 per cent of the public say they would pay to watch David Haye’s big heavyweight showdown with Dereck Chisora, a poll held on the Daily Mail online revealed. The bitter rivals meet in the ring on Saturday 14th July at West Ham’s Boleyn Ground at Upton Park in one of boxing’s biggest ever grudge fights. Only 29 per cent didn’t want to watch the fight which has become a hot talking point. Since the pair met last week head-to-head for the first time to announce their fight, tickets have been selling fast with over 20,000 sold already.
Photo: Team Sauerland
Allan Green (31-1, 21 KOs) continued his war of words with Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) today at the final press conference in Copenhagen. Three days ahead of their WBC Light Heavyweight World Championship (Silver) clash at Denmark´s famous PARKEN Stadium, Green claimed that the Viking Warrior was a long way past his prime. “He used to be a joy to watch, a great fighter, but that was before he fought Calzaghe,” the 32-year-old American stated. “He has not been the same fighter since. I don´t know if it is mental or physical wear, but he’s just not been on the same level any more. Mikkel will not be worth a nickel when he will be in the ring with me. I will break his a** into two halves. I want him to be at his best on Saturday night, the best he can possibly be, and for his sake it better be enough!”
The Viking Warrior said he will be happy to prove that he can still deliver at the highest level – a level Green has never fought at. “Green just talks a lot,” Kessler said. “This is nothing unusual before a fight. He seems to be confident, which is good for him. He will need all his confidence on Saturday night. I´m in fantastic shape, I am ready to put on a great show. I know I can hurt Green and once I have hurt him, I will go for the KO. But I am not making any predictions about the outcome. I just know that I am going to win.” (more…)
Less than three weeks before Antonio Tarver steps into the ring to continue his campaign at cruiserweight by taking on the unbeaten power puncher Lateef Kayode, the “Magic Man” held an open workout on Tuesday before a packed house of his hometown media at Calta’s 24/7 Fitness. “This guy is predicting he’ll knock me out in the fifth round. If Kayode comes in with that type of recklessness, he can be out before that because he has never been hit by someone who can punch as hard as me,” said Tarver.
“And not just punching hard, I’m a sharpshooter. I punch organs. I target organs: liver, kidney, heart. I don’t just punch mass, I punch organs and I punch that chin. Remember that the chin is not a muscle so you can have all the muscles surrounding your neck and body, chest and abs, because if I touch that chin the right way, it’s lights out, baby. There are no more guys like myself. Shane Mosley lost. Bernard Hopkins lost. I’m the last Mohican. I’m the last guy who is 40-plus.” More Tarver comments…
If Korea needs an MMA superstar, they have found their man.
“The Korean Zombie,” as 25-year-old Chan Sung Jung is affectionately known in the sport, choked out Dustin Poirier in the fourth round Tuesday night to cap a thrilling UFC on FUEL TV main event at the Patriot Center that was certainly Fight of The Night and which stands a strong chance of being one of the most entertaining scraps of 2012.
“I want to thank all the Korean fans and the Korean community that came here to support me today,” the exhausted featherweight said after winning his third straight. “He had me in trouble at the beginning of the third round. The thought of giving up was in my head but I just kept going …” . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Beijing 2008 Olympian Amnat Ruenroeng has signed a three year agreement with Kiat Kreerin Promotion, CEO Jimmy Chaichotchaung and will make his professional debut Friday. Amnat Ruenroeng, who won a bronze medal as a junior flyweight at the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Chicago, began boxing while serving a fifteen-year prison sentence for robbery. In 2007, he won a Thai national title in the light-flyweight division, and was released from prison for good behaviour the following day. He subsequently qualified to represent Thailand at the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing. Jimmy Chaichotchaung said “I am glad to welcome Amnat Ruenroeng to my stable of boxers. He has great credentials as he represented the Thai national team and will turn professional on undercard fight of the IBF Eliminator #1 Jr.Featherweight title bout on Friday which will feature Thangthong Kiattaweesuk vs Mctube Sinyabi at Nakornratchasima, Thailand. Ruenroeng will face Indonesian champion Rino Ukru. I will look for the opportunity for Amnat to fight for world title in super flyweight division, when he looks ready”. Jimmy Chaichotchuang was IBF Asian Promoter of the Year 2003 – 2011.
Top Rank announced today the signing of amateur sensation Toka Kahn-Clary, from Providence, Rhode Island. Kahn-Clary, 20, who boasts speed, power and a “pro style of fighting” is trained by Peter Manfredo Sr. and managed by Mike Criscio, who discovered and managed light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson. Kahn-Cary will make his pro debut, as a junior lightweight, on Friday, June 8, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, on a card headlined by the Kelly Pavlik vs. Scott Sigmon super middleweight bout.
“Everyone at Top Rank is excited and what a great way for Toka to start, fighting on the Kelly Pavlik card at the Hard Rock,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. (more…)
Juan Carlos “Zurdito” Sanchez (13-1-1, 7 KOs) will expose his IBF super flyweight world championship for the first time next Saturday at the Tecate Box Tour in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco against experienced and former world champion Juan Alberto “Topo” Rosas (36-6, 27 KOs).
Sanchez surprised the boxing world last February in his hometown of Los Mochis, where by clear decision he dethroned Rodrigo “Gato” Guerrero who was considered a solid world champion. Juan Carlos has been training in Los Mochis under the supervision of his father Juan Carlos “Zurdo” Sanchez, trainer Edgardo Lucero and Tiburcio Garcia.
Rosas won the four fights he was in on 2011, most recently beating South African Zolani Tete in an elimination bout to become the mandatory challenger.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
There’s been a last minute change in Dierry Jean’s (21-0 14KO) opponent for Saturday night in Montreal as the undefeated will be facing off against Lanardo Tyner (25-7-2 15KO) instead of the originally scheduled Cosme Rivera. Promoter Camille Estephan of Eye of the Tiger Promotions cited visa problems as what forced a change from former world title challenger Rivera to Tyner who has lost his last three, all to undefeated opponents including Canadian Kevin Bizier. Despite not having fought at 140 pounds for close to four years, the bout will still be for the vacant NABF light-welterweight title. “He is a very strong opponent,” promises the promoter. “He fought 12 rounds with Jessie Vargas last February and faced guys such as Lamont Peterson and Canelo Alvarez not that long ago.
“We were concerned about paperwork for Rivera for a while so he was on standby for quite some time. He fought at 147 for his last few fights yet apparently he is a natural 140. I’m told he’s the type of fighter who is always in the gym ready for opportunities.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions, spoke to Fightnews.com after undefeated WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (23-0, 20 KOs) defended his belt by dispatching Makoto Fuchigami (19-7, 10 KOs) in three short rounds on Saturday in Kiev, Ukraine. Fightnews also asked about future of WBC champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KOs).
How good is Gennady Golovkin?
This is the whole thing – we know how good Gennady is right now but we also know that he’s just scratching the surface of his true potential. He’s something special, a one of a kind middleweight. (more…)
IBF #12, WBO #11 rated heavyweight Konstantin Airich arrived in the United States yesterday to adjust to time and weather conditions for his IBF intercontinental championship bout against Odlanier Solis this Saturday at the Convention Center in Pharr, Texas. Airich and his trainer, former German national coach Hans-Juergen Witte, flew from Germany to Miami where they conclude their preparation for the Solis fight with a couple of lighter training sessions before heading to McAllen International airport on Thursday.
Airich (23-5-2, 17 KOs) is the big underdog against 2004 Olympic gold medalist and multiple times world amateur champion Odlanier Solis (17-1, 12 KOs). When working out in Miami, Airich wore a t-shirt stating “Nothing is impossible” which might as well be his motto for this fight. “Anything can happen in a boxing ring”, adds Airich. “Especially in the heavyweight division one single punch can decide a fight at any time. I consider Solis one of the best fighters in the world today but being the best fighter doesn’t help you when you lie flat on the ground.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten lightweight Carlos Molina will return to the ring on Saturday, June 16th in Corpus Christi, TX, manager Frank Espinoza told Fightnews.com late last week. No opponent has been announced, but when contacted on Tuesday morning, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Robert Diaz said that he is in the process of “working on his opponent.” The 10-round bout will headline a Golden Boy Promotions card and will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo.” In his last fight on March 17th, Molina, (16-0-1, 7 KOs) from Rosemead, CA, won a 10 round unanimous decision over Angino Perez in Pharr, TX. Prior to the March bout, Molina scored an impressive one-sided 10 round unanimous decision over Manuel Leyva at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA on December 3rd.
Photos: Eroll Popova
Francesco Pianeta 242.5 vs. Oliver McCall 253.5
Susi Kentikian 112 vs. Melissa McMorrow 111.3
(WBO/WIBF female flyweight titles)
Dominic Bösel 174.2 vs. Steve Krökel 174.4
Sergio Vartanov 153.9 vs. Ali Hassanzadeh (TBA)
Felix Lamm 140 vs. Said Harkimov (TBA)
Danny Lehmann (TBA) vs. Zdenek Siroky (TBA)
Ronny Gabel 156.1 vs. Marcen Gierke (TBA)
Venus: Brandenburg-Halle in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany
Kell Brook’s IBF welterweight clash with Carson Jones on July 7 at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield promises fireworks after the pair clashed at today’s press conference at the venue. IBF #3 ranked Jones traveled from his Oklahoma home to Sheffield, England, to face hometown star Brook who is ranked two places below him at #5. With the vacant title to be decided by a June meeting between #1 ranked Mike Jones and #2 Randall Bailey, the winner of Brook and Jones’ clash is likely to be given mandatory challenger status when the belt is decided, and Brook admitted he was riled by the American who bragged that he would stop the unbeaten Ingle Gym product in front of his home fans.
“He’s very brash and has a lot to say, and he’s got under my skin if I’m honest,” said Brook. “Talk is cheap though and I’m not interested in what he claims he’s going to do to me in front of my fans. I can assure you though that he is not coming to my town to beat me up and he better get some sightseeing in as he will need some good memories to take back to the States as I’m going to be a nightmare for him on July 7. It’s not going to go 12 rounds. I was too nice against Matthew Hatton and this time you are going to see the nasty side of Kell Brook. He’s the final step towards a World title and he’s not going to get in my way.”
Jones – a year younger than Brook at 25 – has won his last eight fights inside the distance and vowed to silence Brook’s hometown fans and stretch that record to nine. “Inviting me to come over here to fight Brook is a big mistake,” said Jones. “He may have 9,000 fans on the night against five for me, but when we get in the ring it’s just me and him – he might think he’s a beast but I am a monster.” (more…)
Undefeated super middleweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs) is ready, willing and able to replace #1 contender Anthony Dirrell, who was recently injured in a motorcycle accident, and fight #2 rated Nikola Sjekloca for the vacant WBC 168-pound title. Sjekloca and Dirrell, who is out of action for a reported six months, were ordered to fight for the WBC title, after Andre Ward was declared “Champion in Recess.”
“This is why I signed with Lou DiBella,” Rodriguez said from Andy Lee’s training camp where he is sparring with the Irish middleweight contender. “It’s my time and I’m ready to replace Dirrell against Sjekloca. If anybody can get this opportunity for me it’s Lou.”
Sjekloca (24-0, 7 KOs), a 33-year-old Serbian who lives in Montenegro, has fought only once outside of Montenegro and Serbia, in 2010 against 8-24 Artem Vychkin in a win by six-round decision. The lone opponent of note Sjekloca has fought is four-time world title challenger and former European champion Khoren Gevor. “We’re ready for the best but it looks like Ward’s moving up in weight and (Lucian) Bute’s tied-up with (Carl) Froch,” Rodriguez’ manager Larry Army noted. “Right now, though, Edwin has earned a world title shot and we’re confident he’s ready to fight and beat Sjekloca.”
Tonight’s (Tuesday, May 15, 7 PM / ET) featured guest speaker at the Ring 8 monthly meeting, held at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City, will be David Itskowitch, COO of Golden Boy Promotions. In 2007, Itskowitch was selected as the Chief Operating Officer for Golden Boy Promotions. The University of Wisconsin graduate previously served as Vice President of DiBella Entertainment and he also worked three years for HBO Sports.
Following his first career loss to Bryant Jennings in January, heavyweight Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm (13-1-1, 9 KOs) returns against another unbeaten fighter in the highly touted Magomed Abdusalamov (14-0, 14 KOs) on July 6 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.”He’s a decent fighter but I’ve seen a lot of flaws,” Byarm said of Abdusalamov. “I’m going to fight my fight and we’ve got a good game plan this time around. His record and knockouts don’t’ mean much to me because he hasn’t fought anybody of my caliber. He has punching power but I have punching power too. I know my will to win this fight is much higher than his. This will be my shot to show the world what I truly have to offer!”
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